Published on February 26th, 2014 | by Nidde0
50 gamechangers: Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
Format: PS3, 360
Developer: Gaijin Games
Between Bit Trip Runner and Runner 2 some things have happened. Yes, it’s still about platforming with style – and if you do it sweet enough the music will be delivered in bigger and more beautiful arrangements. But the sequel has exchanged the coarse pixels for a more childish cartoony style, mixed with Saul Bass-esthetics. The game design is also more forgiving this time.
Image and text scanned and translated from LeveL, issue 76
Endless runners are usually confined to flash games or mobile devices, but Bit Trip Runner stumbled upon the sweet spot where they managed to be engaging enough to validate its existence on the bigger platforms. Now it’s time for the second Runner game in Runner 2, and the concept has expanded to a bigger, more visual experience. Metacritic rounds up the critics scores to an 85, praising the simple premise and accessibility of the game.
But let’s not forget that this game is basically just a stream of quick-time events. That doesn’t need to be a bad thing, as that’s what all rhythm games are, but it’s a little hypocritical to complain about QTE in some games, but accept a game that’s nothing but that part you were complaining about. If you enjoy QTEs then you’ll be all set.